Some of the recipients of the Mt. Pleasant Public School Peacemaking Awards. Photo courtesy of Mount Pleasant Middle School.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools (MPPS) honored some of their students with their Peacemaking Awards Ceremony.
The Peacemaking awards have been going on for around 27 years and honors students from kindergarten to high school that are identified as peacemakers.
"It's a long standing tradition that recognizes students that help out in all grade levels," MPPS superintendent, Jennifer Verleger said.
The nominated students are selected by faculty members and are generally students who don't normally get recognized outside of art and academic related accolades.
"Peacemakers are students that show through example how to make the community and classroom more welcoming," MPPS faculty member Laura Gourlay said. "It could be inviting kids to be part of the group or standing up to a bully."
There were 170 peacemakers nominated for this year's award ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Mt. Pleasant High School gymnasium at 6 p.m.
The award ceremony was approximately an hour long and included poems and songs read by some of the students before each of the nominated students received their certificates. There were also performances from the jazz ensemble and some of the school choirs.
Before the ceremony, a proclamation related to the peacemaking ceremony was read at the City of Mt. Pleasant city commission meeting at their Monday, Jan. 13th meeting. The proclamation was in support of Peacemaking Recognition Day and spoke on how the schools and the community valued peaceful behavior. This proclamation was also read at the award ceremony.
"The peacemaking ceremony has a nice connection to MLK day," Verleger said.